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12 Creative Family Portraits. I thought we'd end the week with a collection of creative family portraits.

12 Creative Family Portraits

Though the holidays are now officially over (and there's no more Christmas "photo" cards to be made), you can still take pictures of your family in any number of creative ways. We've rounded up 10 ideas that include everything from simply layering your family's hands to using a small chalkboard as a prop. 15 Beautiful & Mystical Space Photos. These eerie, dark, pillar-like structures - part of the Eagle Nebula - are columns of cool, interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that serve as incubators for new stars - Hubble Space Telescope 1995.

15 Beautiful & Mystical Space Photos

On its 100,000th orbit of planet Earth, the Hubble Space Telescope peered into a small portion of the Tarantula Nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074, unveiling its stellar nursery. The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, triggered perhaps by a nearby supernova. 3. 22 Crazy Perspective Photos Taken With a GoPro Camera. Chances are that if you're into extreme sports, you already know about GoPro, the company that makes small, wearable, waterproof and shockproof cameras.

22 Crazy Perspective Photos Taken With a GoPro Camera

Founder Nick Woodman was inspired to start a company dedicated to adventure photography after a 2002 surfing trip to Australia. Hoping to capture incredible images, he soon discovered that high quality equipment could not be obtained for reasonable prices. 32 Pictures That Will Make You Say Awwwwwwww. 1150 Pixel Photography Magazine. In Focus. The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2014.

In Focus

First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Photos and captions by the photographers. [30 photos] Choose: Mirror Wave. Lily Pond Lilies and Lotus Flower Paintography by Ray Bilcliff. Matt Wisniewski combines old and new in his beautiful photo collages. Some people create images to make a statement.

Matt Wisniewski combines old and new in his beautiful photo collages.

Others, like Matt Wisniewski, do it because it looks pretty. “It’s mostly just aesthetic,” explains the 21-year-old computer science student of his spectral photo collages. “Whatever looks nice, really.” Art for art’s sake is no new conceit. National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus. National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus

For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you've come from. Photo Gallery, Photo Galleries, Art Gallery, Photography, Buy Prints. Photo dictionary - photo/picture definition at Photo Dictionary in English. Trees Cocooned in Webs After Flood. Photograph courtesy Russell Watkins, U.K.

Trees Cocooned in Webs After Flood

Department for International Development Trees shrouded in ghostly cocoons line the edges of a submerged farm field in the Pakistani village of Sindh, where 2010's massive floods drove millions of spiders and possibly other insects into the trees to spin their webs. These 50 Photos Will Blow you Away. Great news today: we will start a series of showcases that are meant to make the jaws drop! Here’s the first one of the series: none of the 50 photos are photoshopped, to emphasize the natural beauty and the professionalism of the photographers. 50 scenes that cannot be seen in the daily life, 50 jewels of the photographic art! If you want to see more, also checkout: 50 More Photos That Will Blow Your Mind Landslide Hall Clouds on Fire Marpissa Muscosa. Your Favorites - Enjoy! - Trey Ratcliff. Trey Ratcliff I'm a warm-hearted, old-school gentleman explorer with really cool toys.

Your Favorites - Enjoy! - Trey Ratcliff

INTJ. Browncoat. What In The?!: INSANE Posed Ant Photography. Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov takes insane macro pictures of LIVE ants by spending hours and hours playing with them and posing them to get the perfect shot.

What In The?!: INSANE Posed Ant Photography

I...can't even believe half of them are real. Of course I have zero experience posing ants and have only burnt them with a magnifying glass, so maybe it's actually easier than I thought. Hit the jump for a smattering of the VERY worthwhile shots, and a link to the entire collection with a ton more. When Graphic Artists Get Bored - The Worthympic Games 7 [Worth1000]